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`The rarer action is in virtue rather than in vengeance` How far do these extracts show that forgiveness is a greater victory for Prospero than vengeance

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AS and A Level The Tempest

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`The rarer action is in Virtue rather than in Vengeance`

How far do these extracts show that Forgiveness is a greater victory for Prospero then Vengeance?

In Act I Scene II, Prospero is all set on getting revenge on his enemies; however in Act V Scene I, Ariel manages to make Prospero feel more sympathetic towards them and by the end of the play Prospero forgives them.

In Act 1 Scene 2, just after Ariel described to Prospero how he created the tempest, Prospero asks him, `My brave spirit, / Who was so firm, so constant that this coil / Would not infect his reason? `. Prospero is basically asking `Was anyone on the ship he is so keen on getting his revenge against his enemies.

In contrast in Act 5 Scene 1 Prospero shows affectionateness when Ariel tells him how much they are suffering and he manages to forgive them.

Right at the beginning of Act 5 Scene 1, Prospero starts off by saying, ` Now does my project gather to a head. / My charms crack not, my spirits obey; and time / Goes upright with his carriage. How's the

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